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High School / Pre-College

WHYY Film Production Academy: Program Specifics


Real Film and Studio Experience

If you have a passion for film and want to break into the film and video industry, this is the summer program for you — the chance to work and learn in the exciting daily environment of a top TV and radio station. Primary instruction takes place in a fully-equipped classroom at the WHYY Technology Center, a state-of-the-art broadcast facility on Independence Mall in Philadelphia’s historic district.

The film academy features classroom instruction, hands-on workshops and field experience. You’ll learn how to operate a camera, light a scene and edit video, while discovering how all aspects of filmmaking are connected. By the end of the session, you’ll write, produce, direct and edit your own film, an outstanding addition to your resumé or future film-school application.

Learn From Industry Professionals

The Film Production Academy is taught by experienced members of WHYY’s Learning Lab staff. All instructors have extensive media production experience and are skilled at teaching young people to express themselves through digital video. Drawing on their experiences as independent filmmakers and broadcast professionals, the instructors serve as “executive producers,” guiding students in the discovery of their abilities as directors, producers and cinematographers.

WHYY is the region’s premier public broadcaster, reaching more than 1.2 million households in the greater Philadelphia area. The station has been a resource for students of all ages for over 50 years and is known nationally as the producer of NPR’s “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross, and as the primary outlet for PBS programming such as “Sesame Street,” “Nova” and “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.”